Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr.

28 February 1924–22 July 2019 (Age 95)
Phoebus, Hampton, Virginia, United States

The Life of Christopher Columbus

When Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. was born on 28 February 1924, in Phoebus, Hampton, Virginia, United States, his father, Christopher Columbus Kraft Sr, was 31 and his mother, Vanda Olina Suddreth, was 31. He married Elizabeth Anne Turnbull on 2 September 1950, in Phoebus, Hampton, Virginia, United States. He lived in Chesapeake Magisterial District, Elizabeth City, Virginia, United States in 1940 and Norfolk, Virginia, United States in 1996. He died on 22 July 2019, in Clear Lake City, Harris, Texas, United States, at the age of 95.

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Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr.
Elizabeth Anne Turnbull
Marriage: 2 September 1950

Spouse and Children

2 September 1950
Phoebus, Hampton, Virginia, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 3

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 5

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.
1949 · 1950s Texas Drought

Age 25

One of most intense, costly, and devastating droughts ever recorded in the state of Texas. The entire state was in a state of drought by the summer of 1951. Less than 30-50% of the normal rainfall was received during this period. The state was plagued with dust storms similar to those from the infamous Dust Bowl. The drought ended in a destructive manner throughout 1957; storms, hail, tornadoes, and deadly floods.

Name Meaning

German (also Kräft), Danish, Swedish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a strong man, from Old High German kraft, German Kraft ‘strength’, ‘power’. The Swedish name probably originated as a soldier's name. In part the German and Danish names possibly also derive from a late survival of the same word used as a byname, Old High German Chraft(o), Old Norse Kraptr.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Christopher C Kraft in household of Christopher C Kraft, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Cristopher Kraft in household of Christopher Kraft, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Christopher C Kraft, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"

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